Nick Ruthsatz was back in Rupp Arena on Friday, a year after his MVP performance led Covington Catholic to the Sweet Sixteen title.
Ruthsatz was here to watch his dad, Scott Ruthsatz, coach CovCath to a victory over Doss and earn a trip back to the state semifinals.
Nick, a freshman at the University of Findlay (Ohio), couldn't make CovCath's first-round win over Campbell County.
"Actually, I was in class at 6:30 when the game started, so I pulled it up on my laptop and watched," he said.
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He had a good cover. It was a computer class, "so I acted like I was doing work."
Ruthsatz said it was tough just watching the Colonels and not getting out on the Rupp Arena court with them.
"But these guys deserve this. I don't think anybody thought we'd be back so quick after winning the state championship. They proved a lot of people wrong."
Ruthsatz cherishes memories of last year's Sweet Sixteen when he and his dad shared the joy of a championship. He said he watches the video of the title game victory over Scott County at least once a month.
"And I think about it at least once a day, every day. It was amazing."
Nick's brother Aiden is a freshman on this year's team. His brother Nolan, who's 5, is on the halftime show of CovCath's Internet broadcast of the Colonels' games.
Owensboro Coach Rod Drake, whose Red Devils beat Hopkinsville in Friday's quarterfinals, hopes Tigers star JaQualis Matlock plays his college ball in Owensboro.
"You can't measure a guy's heart, and he goes at it full throttle," Drake said. "I'd like to see him in purple and white at Kentucky Wesleyan."
Burl Bowen, a 95-year-old World War II veteran, had a close-up look at Knott County Central's first-round loss to Calloway County in Rupp Arena on Thursday night.
Bowen, wearing the Knott Central letter jacket he was given last week, sat on the Patriots' bench, trying to will his team to victory. Alas, the Patriots were upset.
Bowen was thrilled by the attention — and the letter jacket — Knott Central gave him. "It's great. I think they took their lunch money to pay for it," he said.
KHSAA Hall of Fame
Ten people, including high school stars Kyra Elzy, Dennis Johnson, Crystal Kelly and Freddie Maggard, will be inducted into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame Saturday afternoon at the Lexington Center. They will be the 28th class of the Hall of Fame, which is made up of former high school athletes, coaches, officials, administrators and contributors.
Ron Bevars — One of the winningest boys' basketball coaches in state history, he racked up 805 victories, including 12 region titles at North Hardin.
Kyra Elzy — The Oldham County star had 3,020 points, 1,703 rebounds, 516 steals and 449 assists in her career at Oldham County. She helped the Colonels win two region titles. She also excelled in cross country and track. She won a state championship in the 400-meter dash.
Rich Hendrick — The Bristow star averaged more than 42 points his last two seasons, and finished his career with 3,070 points. As a junior, Hendrick led the country in scoring with a 42.7 average.
Dudley Hilton — One of the most successful football coaches in state history, Hilton has 349 victories in 36 seasons. He led Bell County to two state titles and Bourbon County to one.
Adrienne Hundemer — One of the most decorated track athletes in state history, Hundemer won 20 state titles at Dayton. She won 12 individual championships: four each in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and 400 dash.
Dennis Johnson — A three-sport star at Harrodsburg, Johnson was Mr. Football, USA Today Player of the Year, and Sports Illustrated's national player of the year. In basketball, Johnson totaled 2,306 points and 1,347 rebounds and led the Pioneers to the 1997 state tournament. In track, he won eight individual state titles in the shot put, discus and triple-jump.
Crystal Kelly — Miss Basketball in 2004, Kelly led Sacred Heart to three straight state titles, including a 37-1 record and a No. 7 national ranking as a senior. In her career she had 2,377 points, 1,478 rebounds, 370 steals and 366 blocks.
Freddie Maggard — A standout in baseball, basketball and football, Maggard was a 12-time letter winner at Cumberland. In football, he played quarterback and defensive back and led the Redskins to a pair of state runner-up finishes. He was a 1,000-point scorer in basketball, and as an all-state baseball player he led Cumberland to the final four in 1985.
Dan Manley — For almost half a century, Manley has promoted high school sports as the voice of the Montgomery County Indians. He's also sports editor of the Mount Sterling Advocate. Under his direction, WMST is the only radio station in the state to broadcast the entire KHSAA boys' and girls' state basketball tournaments and the football championships.
Dickie Parsons — A four-sport star at Harlan, Parsons was an all-state player in football and basketball, ran track, was a baseball star. He played baseball at Kentucky and earned All-America honors. Parsons coached at Glasgow and Boyle County.